BMG works closely with the food and beverage sectors to raise hygiene standards throughout the logistics chain, to ensure safe and efficient food and beverage production and handling during the COVID-19 pandemic.
BMG – one of South Africa’s leading engineering solutions specialists – has been authorised to provide engineering components and support services to essential service providers, during the country’s COVID-19 pandemic.
Apart from the supply of necessary engineering consumables and components, the industry requires ongoing maintenance and refurbishment services, to ensure efficient productivity and minimal downtime. During the initial COVID-19 outbreak BMG stated that “According to authorities, this virus is going to be with us for a very long time, so we all need to be prepared for new, stricter operating conditions. We are currently working closely with our customers in all sectors, including the food and beverage industry, to ensure that each plant maintains full production, despite difficulties during the pandemic”.
BMG’s distribution centre in Droste Park, Johannesburg, is always operational and fully stocked, to help support customers around the country and into Africa. In the food and beverage production industry, “The BMG team is committed to making sure the industry is able to continue operating as safely and efficiently as possible during this challenging time. It is absolutely critical that extra care is taken by companies to maintain pristine hygiene standards during food and beverage manufacture, storage, packaging and transportation,” says Mark Barbour, Group Product and Sales Manager, BMG. “Even small faults in design, operation and maintenance can have huge negative impacts on the quality and safety of food products.”
“BMG’s solutions for the food and beverage sector extend from processing, where raw ingredients are transformed, to packaging, where products are enclosed and protected for safe distribution. Our engineering solution services help our customers deliver on food safety and environmental and energy-efficient initiatives, through the supply and support of a variety of components. For instance, components for light materials handling, belting products, gearboxes, motors and variable speed drives (VSDs), bearings, seals and gaskets, power transmission components, valves, tools and equipment, as well as fasteners, food-grade lubricants and maintenance chemicals.”
Added to this, BMG – through its Smart Farming initiative – offers local farmers sustainability solutions that focus on effective food production. This ensures there are adequate supplies of fresh foods for an anxious and vulnerable population, during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“This agricultural programme – which involves assisting farmers with the correct use of quality-branded equipment and the importance of investing in advanced technologies – has never been more important. Our people rely on the dependable supply of fresh food, which our farmers are under enormous pressure to keep producing.”